The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system affirms that we will be an inspiring and vital part of the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds in our Benton County communities. As we experience social unrest in our communities and across the nation, we would like to remind everyone that the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system is a refuge for all and will remain so. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system will continue to promote what is stated in the American Library Association Bill of Rights, promoting “equal access to information for all persons” and recognizing the ongoing need to increase awareness of and responsiveness to the diversity of the communities we serve. We recognize the critical need for access to library and information resources, services, and technologies by all people, especially those who may experience language or literacy-related barriers; economic distress; cultural or social isolation; physical or attitudinal barriers; racism; discrimination on the basis of appearance, ethnicity, immigrant status, religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression; or barriers to equal education, employment, and housing. All branches of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system encourage you to use our libraries to explore the many ways we can grow positively as a community. Everyone is welcome here. If you ever feel unwelcome in one of our libraries, please notify staff immediately. Thank you, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library system staff Enrich, Excite, Explore.
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is now a proud owner of a customized book bike. Our book bike is a little full-service library on wheels and it allows us to access our community in a completely different way, providing outreach opportunities in unexpected places: street fairs, parades, festivals, parks, schools, farmers' market and outdoor concerts. The book bike is customized to hold 200 lbs of books, tools and crafts and transforms to open up and display library resources. As we pedal about town, the book bike will offer library books, library cards, program information, assistance with digital materials such as ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. It will also include fun stuff for kids, including crafting materials, stickers and offer the occasional storytime. The book bike was built by Haley Trikes and generously funded by the Friends of the Library. A special thank you goes out to Cyclotopia for helping us put it together.